I love to read. So when we started our adoption journey, I began reading everything I could on Korea, including children’s books. And the children’s books have turned out to be some of my favorites.
My Freedom Trip by Frances Park and Ginger Park is a 32-page picture book for younger elementary students that details the story of their mother’s escape from North Korea during the war.
As political upheaval sets in, Soo’s father escapes northern Korea with promises to send guides for both Soo and her mother. The guide arrives for Soo and they travel by train and over mountains toward the southern part of the country where Soo’s father is waiting. When confronted by a soldier, the reader is unsure if Soo will complete her journey. That she does and is reunited with her father. But sooner after the Korean War breaks out, and Soo’s mother is unable to join them.
It’s a beautifully illustrated book that introduces the difficult history of Korea in a moving way.